Women's Rugby Team Resurrected, Takes On NMSU
SOCORRO, N.M. September 28, 2010 -- The education of the New Mexico Tech women's rugby team continued Saturday as the Pygmy Queens traveled to
|The Pygmy Queens joined forces with the Los Alamos High School team to take on the NMSU Lady Chiles on Saturday. Sept. 18.|
Tech's forwards – led by Andrea Buckel, Christina Nararez, and Michaela Rempkowski – did very well in set scrums, repeatedly driving the Lady Chiles off the ball. However, once the ball came into open play the home team showed the advantage of experience. Despite the best efforts of scrum half Erika Summers and center Lynnae Logan, the first of two informal matches resulted in a Lady Chiles advantage of 48 points to NMT's 0.
Following a brief respite, Andi Buckel, Michaela Rempkowski, and Renae Hickman went over to the NMSU side in exchange for an equal number of Lady Chiles, and a shorter match ensued.
Plans are underway for Tech's fledgling Queens to combine forces with NMSU for the 30th annual Arizona Tens tournament October 9-10 in
The Pygmy Queens joined with the
Attempts to field a women's rugby team at New Mexico Tech have met with varied success over the years. The Queens were able to fulfill a schedule of fifteen-a-side matches in the late 1990s, and flirted with that magic number briefly in the early 2000s. The last team to tee it up before Saturday's rebirth was the 2002 edition.
Despite having just four weeks worth of practice, the
The Pygmy Queens are coached by geology graduate student Graham Payne and NMT undergrad Marshal Spradley, who are both regulars with the NMT men's team. Tech's female ruggers will challenge NMSU again when they travel to